1. Do not touch any temple
The basic rule in most villages in Parvati Valley is, do not touch any temple. Strict rituals have been followed here and you might be fined heavily if you are caught touching the temple.
2. Never eat the magic chocolate ball
In Tosh, refrain from having any kind of drug, this will keep you fit and active throughout the trek.
3. Never carry a trolley for the hike
Tosh is a seven km hike from Barsheni. Never carry a trolley, as it will create problems while hiking till the village. A rucksack would be ideal to do this kind of hike.
4. Stay away from any kind of drug
The valley has been famous for drugs over the years. Refrain from smoking because there are cops all over the place. You will be heavily fined or even jailed for this offense.
5. Do not carry alcohol bought from other states
Carrying alcohol from other states can really land you in trouble. You will be fined by the Himachal Police.
6. Do not offer chocolates to local kids
Local kids are cute and you will love playing with them, a few of the travellers have given them chocolates in the past and landed in trouble.
7. Never dispose-off waste along the way
It’s the mountains and there is no organisation or body to dispose-off the waste in the valley. Make sure you carry all the waste along with you or keep it in your bag.
8. Going off-trail
Sometimes what people end up doing is, they miss the trail to the village completely go off route. Follow the trail and inquire with a local if you are lost on the way.
9. Hiking alone
If it is your first time in the valley, do not go hiking alone. The routes are pretty dodgy and even if you want to hike alone, consider joining a group so that they know you are safe and you will get there to your destination.
10. Do don’t get into any kind of argument with locals
An argument with the locals can really land you in trouble. Avoid this by being nice and humble to the locals in the village.
11. Do not venture outdoors at night
It usually gets dark in the valley post 6 pm. Do not even think of going outdoors at night. It’s just not safe and you might get lost in the valley.
12. Never travel without sanitation and toiletry pouch
Few of the homestays and guesthouses won’t have proper sanitation tools. Please make sure you are doing your bit by carrying toilet rolls, hand sanitizers and towels.
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